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American Olean shows designers, photographers benefits of digital printing

Dallas—American Olean (AO) recently partnered with its distributor Gulf Tile & Cabinetry to teach a group of Florida designers and photographers what ceramic tile can do from an artistic and design perspective and how digital printing is greatly enhancing the visuals possible in tile. The presentation was held at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Fla., and included a continuing education unit, further discussion about digital printing, and a social networking hour for photographers and design professionals.

“We want American Olean to be a major player in new designs, not just commodity products,” said Williams Pontel, commercial sales manager for American Olean. “We are now including products in our line to really catch the attention of designers. Some of the new products that we are proudest of are achieved through our Reveal Imaging digital printing technology. It was exciting today to educate these designers on what tile can mean to their designs and artistry.”

To learn more about American Olean and its latest product launches, visit: americanolean.com.

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DuChâteau welcomes Gary Cissell as buying group, national programs manager

San Diego— DuChâteau has named Gary Cissell as the company’s first buying group and national programs manager.

In the newly established role, Cissell will be responsible for formulating and implementing a corporate strategy for expansion into new markets, such as retail, commercial builder groups and national account arenas. He will help the company’s growing salesforce expand its efforts to reach new group accounts, and better position their product offerings to their individual customer bases. He is based in Omaha, Neb. and reports to Todd Gates, DuChâteau’s vice president of residential sales.

“With his extensive experience in the retail flooring segment and his background in working alongside suppliers to develop successful programs, Gary is the perfect leader for this new initiative,” Gates said. “Gary will be the dealer’s inside man, developing programs from the perspective of our dealers for the long-term growth of our customers.”

Cissell has close to 30 years of experience in the industry, holding executive positions with several successful companies throughout his career. He was a founding member of the National Floorcovering Alliance in 1991 and served as president of the organization from 1994-2004.

“DuChâteau is well-known for offering uniquely beautiful products and continues to look for new and better ways to serve its customers at the same time,” Cissell said. “It’s clear that this customer-centric culture guides every decision and that really resonated with me. This position presented an interesting opportunity to apply my background and experience to a different side of the industry, and I look forward to helping sell DuChâteau’s innovative, one-of-a-kind products to new channels.”

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Patcraft introduces AdMix Encore

Cartersville, Ga.—Patcraft is expanding the company’s collection of terrazzo visuals with its newest resilient product introduction, AdMix Encore, now available. Offered in 36″ and 12″ square tiles and 24 colors, AdMix Encore features homogeneous construction and a seamless moisture barrier. Products are designed to coordinate with Patcraft’s AdMix, extending the functionality of this successful product platform by incorporating bright colors for accents, wayfinding and branding options while fostering further flexibility in the creation of spaces.

“AdMix Encore builds on an existing product category for high-demand environments and bridges the divide between stunning terrazzo visuals and the durability needed in high-performing commercial environments,” said Shannon Cochran, vice president, creative and design, Patcraft. “The broad color line allows for maximum design flexibility for pediatrics, acute care and operating rooms.”

Named a 2017 Silver Nightingale award recipient in recognition for its contribution to the healthcare-built environment through product design and innovation, AdMix Encore is a perfect-fit for high-demand, heavy traffic areas. Offering a 2,500 psi when installed, the homogeneous solid resin construction allows for scratches, scuffs and stains to be easily buffed. AdMix Encore can be heat welded and/or flash coved, and can be fully and continually immersed in water with no degradation, making it ideal for areas that require large volumes of water for maintenance.

Created using pre-consumer recycled content, Admix Encore features fewer VOCs than linoleum and rubber and is Floorscore certified. Backed by an industry leading lifetime warranty, this beautifully designed, durable product offers performance-driven style that is a trademark of Patcraft’s high-performance brand.

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Milliken names Halsey Cook president, CEO

Spartanburg, S.C.—Milliken & Company’s board of directors has appointed Halsey M. Cook, Jr. as president and CEO, effective Sept. 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors.

“The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” said Harold Chandler, current chair, president and CEO. “He has the experience to accelerate what is working very well today at Milliken and, importantly, introduce change where the organization can further leverage our emphasis on innovation, manufacturing excellence and customer care.”

Cook’s 30-year career leading a wide range of large, diversified global businesses with significant manufacturing and distribution networks has prepared him to lead family-owned Milliken. His leadership roles in sales, marketing and product development have included international- and U.S.-based assignments across a variety of companies such as United Technologies and Legrand North America. Most recently, Cook was the president and CEO for Sonepar USA, a family-owned global distributor of electrical products and related solutions.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected to lead Milliken,” said Cook. “It is an esteemed company with talented associates and an opportunity-rich future. I am looking forward to meeting the team and listening to their ideas and aspirations for the next chapter of Milliken & Company.”

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Schönox introduces new hybrid active dry technology

Florence, Ala.—The Schönox family of self-levelers has grown with the addition of two revolutionary compounds—AP Rapid and AP Rapid Plus. The new products feature an innovative Hybrid Active Dry technology that offers benefits of both cement and synthetic gypsum-based materials.

The Schönox research and development team has studied this technology for years perfecting the dust-reduced, pumpable, self-leveling compounds for a versatile, worry-free application. This hybrid technology is constructed by blending specific additives into Schönox cement and Schönox Synthetic Gypsum to unite the two counterparts. This precise binding formula contributes to the unique hybrid features, such as early drying and curing time, prompt strength development and reduced shrinkage/expansion. Thus, providing same-day floor covering and walkability for high-layer thickness installations without the need of aggregation.

Schönox AP Rapid and AP Rapid Plus are suitable for jobs of all variances. The hybrid compounds are designed to withstand varying climate and humidity settings during interior installation. AP Rapid and AP Rapid Plus also feature the benefit of installing over very diverse substrate materials and conditions. The compounds’ water ratios have been considered with the installer in mind, presenting a very low risk of over watering.

Other benefits of the new hybrid technology include high psi (5800-6300), low pH (<11.5), very low emissions (EC-1 PLUS R), UL classification, LEED contribution, a 12-month storage period and an extended pot life.

Schönox AP Rapid and AP Rapid Plus are available for purchase through Schönox, HPS North America.

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Alliance welcomes Debbie Plott as supplier, member relationship manager

Chattanooga, Tenn.—Alliance Flooring has brought on Debbie Plott as the new supplier and member relationship manager working out of the Chattanooga office. She will be providing support with buying, product strategy, account management and relationship building with many key suppliers in multiple categories.

“We have known Debbie for years and worked with her as a supplier when she was with both Shaw and Mohawk,” said Kevin Logue, co-COO and VP of marketing at Alliance Flooring. “She has a reputation for outstanding customer service, extensive industry knowledge and a dynamic personality that’s perfect for building relationships. She will be a strong addition to our team and we are excited to have her on board.”

Plott brings with her a wealth of flooring knowledge and experience from her time running national accounts and buying group business in the area rug division at both Mohawk Home and Shaw Living.

“I am thrilled to be here at this great company,” said Plott. “My entire career has been spent in the flooring industry and I look forward to continuing that tradition by providing the best service possible to current and future Alliance Flooring members and suppliers.”

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Beauflor USA introduces latest sheet vinyl collections

White, Ga.—Beauflor USA has launched two new crafted sheet vinyl collections, Metro Refresh and Reflect, featuring 27 SKUs. Both collections are designed specifically for the builder and property management markets with versatile FHA approved construction, on trend color schemes and unbeatable price points. This brings Beauflor’s total Made-in-America crafted sheet vinyl collections to 15.

The Metro Refresh collection is an updated version of the company’s original Metro collection with 10 new colors—all now manufactured locally in Cartersville, Ga. Styling in the Metro Refresh collection includes a mix of tile and wood patterns. The collection offers 15 alluring colors designed to emulate the organic, earthy texture of wood and stone, and to bring a sense of calm and relaxation into any space. The original Metro collection will be phased out.

The Reflect Collection is a new addition to Beauflor’s crafted sheet vinyl product mix and introduces 12 breathtaking colors designed to invoke visions of traveling to near and far destinations. Once the floor is installed, it is crafted to create a sense of retreat from the distractions of everyday life, while withstanding the rigors of it. Reflect is a valued added collection that features a 75-gauge thickness that is unbeatable at its price point.

All of Beauflor’s crafted sheet vinyl collections are waterproof, stain and scratch resistant, and underfloor heating compatible. They also boast FloorScore certification, free of ortho-phthalate and 100% reclaimable.

Both collections and their associated samples are in stock and ready to ship. Any purchase inquiries should be sent to concierge@beauflor.us or 877.362.5562.

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Beaulieu International Group acquires companies in Canada, Australia

Waregem, Belgium—Beaulieu International Group (BIG) has acquired two privately owned companies, Beaulieu Canada and Beaulieu Australia, which will be integrated into its Flooring Solutions business unit. The transactions closed end of June.

The acquisitions represent important steps in BIG’s ongoing international growth strategy resulting in a more than €2 billion group of which €1 billion is in the flooring business.

Both Beaulieu Canada and Beaulieu Australia will benefit from the size and scale of an international player with global resources in order to further strengthen their ambitions and growth plans.

The individual company names, product ranges and brands will continue to be used by the acquired companies.

The acquisition adds a second manufacturing plant to Beaulieu Flooring Solutions’ operations in the North American market, next to its new Beauflor cushion vinyl/sheet vinyl plant in Cartersville, Ga. Beaulieu Canada’s purchasing office based in China will also become part of BIG.

“We are very enthusiastic about these acquisitions,” said James Neuling, vice president of Beaulieu Flooring Solutions. “Our complementary product portfolios and ‘customer first’ ethos create great opportunities in these two important markets. BIG’s strong financial position will enable us to provide the investment needed to grow the businesses, while allowing distributors and retailers access to an even broader product range.”

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Emser Tile’s Terazio nods to 18th-century material

Los Angeles—Emser Tile introduces Terazio, an old-world meets new-world glazed porcelain series with a shimmering aesthetic reminiscent of illustrious terrazzo from ancient Tuscany. 

“Pavimento alla veneziana,” meaning Venetian pavement, stems from the 18th-century era in which ancient Italian craftsman placed pieces of stone and glass into beds of mortar to create a scintillating flooring material. Terrazzo spread in popularity, eventually to America in the 1920s, and continues to have a strong presence in design today with expanded wall and surface applications.

Bringing to light the elegance of the material created by artisans long ago, Terazio captures speckled variations with a subtle shimmer in distinct matte and gloss finishes. The captivating collection comes in four primary patterns—Blanco, Gesso, Nero and Palladio—ranging from subtle small-scale stones to a bolder cut with random edges.

In addition, Terazio is available in special order accent colors and patterns to encourage designer customization, all while providing a durable design solution for today’s residential and commercial interiors. Designers are invited to play with scale through alternating patterns from floor to wall, indoor to outdoor, or from kitchen to bath.

To explore the collection, visit: emser.com/products/terazio.

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Nebraska Iowa Floor Covering Association disbands, donates funds to FCIF

Dalton, Ga.—The Nebraska Iowa Floor Covering Association (NIFCA) board, a local affiliate of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), voted to disband its organization after 22 years of operation.

“NIFCA was established in 1995,” said Chris Nordin, president of NIFCA. “To have a local association for that long would not have been possible without the support of our members and from the World Floor Covering Association. I would also like to thank all the past and present board members which have worked tirelessly to make this organization a success.”

The NIFCA board voted to donate the remaining funds, $25,135, to the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF), a nonprofit organization that assists families in the industry who are suffering from catastrophic illness or severe disability.

Nordin was proud that the funds were able to honor two individuals who left their mark on the industry.

“The gift could not have come at a better time,” said Andrea Blackbourn, executive director of the Floor Covering Industry Foundation, who was excited that the foundation was chosen as the recipient of the funds. “We set an ambitious goal of $650,000 in revenue this year, which is up $150,000 over last year. The gift from the Nebraska Iowa Floor Covering Association makes a nice dent in our goal.”

One of the FCIF grant recipients who volunteered to share her story is Melissa Taylor. After her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2017, Melissa quickly realized the financial burden of this disease. “You never think to budget for cancer,” she said. Her rare and rapidly growing cancer required frequent, aggressive treatments, so she had to take time off from work. A 23-year veteran of the floor covering industry, Melissa has worked the past 13 years in claims and customer communications at a manufacturing facility.

After a year of rigorous treatments and doctor visits, Melissa is now in remission. She has returned to work and learned not to take life for granted. “My grandkids, God and the Floor Covering Industry Foundation gave me the strength to push through this difficult time.”